Bangladesh Premier League 2012-13 January 24, 2013

Hodge becomes the first to 5000 in T20s


Brad Hodge became the first batsman in Twenty20 cricket to reach 5,000 runs when on 25 during Barisal Burners' BPL match against Chittagong Kings in Khulna. Though he reached the milestone on a day when his side lost by 21 runs, it pleased Hodge as it was a testament of his class in this format.

"I am just very happy," Hodge told ESPNcricinfo. "I have made 10,000 plus runs in Sheffield Shield and 5,000 in T20s, means that I have performed well over the course of my lifetime."

Hodge achieved the milestone with a cover drive off West Indies allrounder Kevon Cooper, but stayed away from a celebration even though he was made aware of the impending record by one of the commentators.

"I got told by Russell Arnold that I needed 25, but I didn't think about it at the time," he said.

Hodge has played 171 T20 games (including eight internationals) over the past decade after making his debut on June 16, 2003, playing for Leicestershire against Yorkshire in the first-ever tournament of this format. He made 97 in that game.

Overall, he averages 36.29 with an impressive strike-rate of 129.13, and has scored 34 fifties and two centuries. The Barisal Burners is Hodge's 14th Twenty20 team in all levels including Australia and Australia A. He has played for three IPL teams while he has also turned up for Auckland, Basnahira Cricket Dundee, Lancashire, Leicestershire, Melbourne Renegades, Melbourne Stars, Northern Districts, and his home side Victoria.

His first century came against New South Wales in the 2005-06 final when he hit 106 off just 54 balls and his second century came against Nottinghamshire three years ago.

David Hussey is a close second behind Hodge with 4,821 runs while there are three others - Chris Gayle, Brendan McCullum and Owais Shah - who have scored more than 4,000 runs in T20s.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent

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  • padmaraj on January 25, 2013, 4:29 GMT

    Surprised to see him not in the Aussie team in the 2000's. he s averaging 55 in tests and still omitted? hes better player than most of the guys who played that time save for punter

  • State drive on January 25, 2013, 3:25 GMT

    Some pak supporters claim bpl2 is starless. Only 5 player gets more than 4000 runs in t20 cricket & 2 of them (Hodge & Owais Shah) played in bpl2 edition Gayle also played BPL. Bpl is going to be one of the established league also.

  • Syed on January 24, 2013, 23:08 GMT

    Definitely needs to be in Australian team, WHAT A PLAYER!!

  • rubel on January 24, 2013, 19:05 GMT

    love u hodge...go ahead ..cheer :)

  • SAIFUR RAHMAN DURJOY on January 24, 2013, 17:34 GMT

    Really ,he must now get a re-chance in the aussie team....he has almost proven his ability in every parts of d world eng.ind,bd,nz etc.

  • Muhammad Rakibul on January 24, 2013, 17:32 GMT

    He's a great batsman but unfortunately didn't get enuf chance in Aussie national side. Hope he can find a spot in Aussie squad for next Ashes as Mr.Cricket-Hussey got retired recently.

  • Varun on January 24, 2013, 15:00 GMT

    that's indeed a great achievement! has he retired from T20Is? if not why doesn't he play for Australia in T20Is? he is the most valuable player as he has got experience playing in versatile subcontinents.

  • Nesar on January 24, 2013, 14:06 GMT

    Congrats Hodge, Burners should recruit another Hodge immediately to reach in the Semi

  • Dummy4 on January 24, 2013, 11:37 GMT

    he needs to play for Australia in t20 definitly

  • ubaid on January 24, 2013, 10:50 GMT

    very brillent Hodge...keep it up in international level as well.

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